Warning - Health
1552610098000Yesterday at 11:34 AM
is being issued for poor air quality in the North East including Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Bright and Mansfield
which is unhealthy for everyone.
- Smoke from fires burning in the South East and Gippsland is currently affecting air quality in the North East including Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Bright and Mansfield.
- Smoke can aggravate existing heart and lung
conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing.
- Due to weather conditions, including light winds, smoke is expected to linger until tomorrow afternoon.
Smoke can affect people's health. You should be aware of the impacts of
smoke on you and your family's health.
What you should do:
- You should reduce prolonged
or heavy physical activity.
- Anyone experiencing wheezing,
chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
- If you have concerns about
your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
- For more information on smoke
and your health visit the EPA website.
- Tomorrow, as smoke clears, it may be suitable to open windows and ventilate your home or business.
- You need to make an assessment of your local smoke conditions to decide if ventilation of your home or business is appropriate.
- You should stay aware of conditions as they can change quickly, and air quality may deteriorate, especially in the evenings and mornings.
If you are sensitive to smoke:
- Some people are more sensitive to the effects of
breathing in smoke.
- You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a
heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65.
Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
- If you are
sensitive to smoke you should avoid prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where
possible you should try to stay indoors.
- If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take
your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you are asthmatic, follow
your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
Impacts in your area:
- Take care when driving as conditions may be hazardous due to low visibility caused by smoke.
- It will be smoky or hazy in your area.
- Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is currently monitoring air quality in the area.
message was issued by Environment Protection Authority
The next update is
expected by 16/03/2019 11:30 pm or as the situation changes.
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
The following services can
help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
- To access this information in other languages call the Translating
and Interpreting Service on 131
450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
- If you are deaf, hard of
hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National
Relay Service on 1800 555 677
and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.